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5 Is not thy wickedness [ra`] great [rab]? and thine iniquities [`avon] infinite [qets]?
6 For thou hast taken a pledge [chabal] from thy brother ['ach] for
nought [chinnam], and stripped [pashat] the naked [`arowm] of their
7 Thou hast not given water [mayim] to the weary [`ayeph] to
drink [shaqah], and thou hast withholden [mana`] bread [lechem] from the
hungry [ra`eb]. KJV-Interlinear
5 'Is not your wickedness great, And
your iniquities without end? 6 'For you
have taken pledges of your brothers without cause, And stripped men naked. 7 'To the weary you have given no water to
drink, And from the hungry you have withheld bread. NASB
Now, for the first time, Eliphaz is going to make an outright
accusation against Job. Without any
facts to back him up, armed with only his presumption of guilt, Eliphaz has
only seen the magnitude of Jobs suffering.
The friends have all along maintained that great
sinners would be punished, in this life, for their sins.
The friends of Job have witnessed Jobs affliction, and
therefore they presume that his suffering is due to the greatness of his sins.
The only evidence of Jobs sins, is his suffering, and
the friends argue their point as though their position could not be disputed.
Do you recall how this book of Job began?
1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was
Job, and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God, and turning away from
These words are from God himself. God even points Job out to Satan.
Job is probably a hundred years old, perhaps
older. He has had ten children all grown
up and in homes of their own. Prior to
his suffering, he had amassed thousands of head of animals, and was very well
Job was known throughout the region and was known by
his three friends. We presume that they
had known him for decades. Typically,
only very good friends will come and see you when you have fallen deathly
ill. General acquaintances do not visit
those they do not know.
Eliphaz had no basis for his accusations, and no
reason for condemning Job, except for his own biased beliefs. Biased beliefs, which are a result of a failure
to advance correctly in ones spiritual life.
Job is accused of following unfair lending practices,
of making loans to people using their clothing or property as collateral, of
demanding excessive collateral for small loans, of employing excessive terms, and
of cheating folks out of their property.
Job is accused of being inhospitable to
travelers. Of refusing them water to
refresh themselves, of refusing food to guests, and so forth.
But we might wonder in whose home is this conversation
taking place? Who is the one being
hospitable even in the face of gross insults?
Here, Eliphaz begins to overstep his place and his
welcome. His premise is defective, his
facts are in error, his analysis is flawed, and his conclusions are just simply
Spiritually deficient people have the capacity to
discover, to analyze, and to conclude a matter correctly, but their bias toward
worldly views serves as a barrier, which they voluntarily preserve and refuse
to accept the truth.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.